One of the artists I follow in Instagram is water color illustrator Mari Andrew. With her thoughtful insights about life and making it through the everyday with relationships, career and daily routines, I continue to appreciate her vulnerability to share what dances through me creative mind. Each week as well on the Cup of Jo blog, Mari shares a new illustration, so be sure to see what she has created (this illustration will not appear on her Instagram feed). Her new book was just released Am I There Yet?, inspired by a couple of life shifting and unexpected and unwanted events. An inspiring individual, as she chose to find reason to rise, and has indeed created and shared something with her fans to remind us that the journey to and through adulthood is not pinpoint straight, but worth it. Have a listen to her interview on NPR.
—The Female Persuasion: A Novel by Meg Wolitzer
Being released on April 3, as someone who doesn’t pick up novels as often, I am wanting to read this particular novel. Centered around a college freshman who connects with a sixty-three-year-old mentor who has been at the center of the women’s movement for decades, a new world awaits the protagonist. Shy, and seeking her confidence to embrace her ambition, Greer Kadetsy begins to blossom, and as she does, her career and life open up to opportunities, but also away from her young romantic partnership. Described as a story about “power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition”, this is a novel to read, ponder and perhaps spark intriguing conversations with women of all ages.
—Giada’s Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita by Giada de Laurentiis
Released this past Tuesday, Food Network star and well known Italian cooking celeb, Giada de Laurentiis fills her new cookbook Giada’s Italy with images from and around her native Rome. Marrying Italian traditional fare with American, more specifically, California touches, discover recipes for Bruschetta with Burrata and Kale Salsa Verde; and Fennel Upside Down Cake as well as Asparagus with Grilled Melon Salad. Be sure to take a look at this videowhich offers a behind the scenes look at the creation of the new cookbook, and peruse her website Giadzy which is full of Giada inspiration, ideas, and so much more.
—Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris by A.J. Liebling
I learned of A.J. Liebling’s book Between Meals: An Appetite for Provence from another book focusing on France, specifically Provence, A Taste for Provence. As someone who enjoys reading memoirs about food and travel, as it enables me to hop on a plane without actually doing so, or virtually doing so when I cannot, I took note of this title as Liebling was a writer for The New Yorker beginning in 1935, and spent much time in Paris dining and enjoying himself. Thus, a book I want to read, especially as the reviews continue to be so complimentary long after his death in 1963.
—Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home by Danielle Postel-Vinay
Released earlier this month, author Danielle Postel-Viney, a lifelong Francophile and now married to a Parisian man, shares her practical, yet sophisticated approach inspired by the French aesthetic and way of life. With a similar conceptual belief as TSLL, she too reveres the home as one’s sanctuary. In fact, the pillars of her approach include one concept I must say, I agree with more and more: Philosophically, keeping each room’s purpose unique and contained into itself. In other words, having a dining room for dining and coming together over food, having the bedroom being a place of rest and relaxation rather than work, etc. I have a feeling you will enjoy this book as I too look forward to picking up a copy for myself.
—Paris Picnic Club: More than 100 Recipes to Savor and Share by Shaheen Peerbhai and Jennie Levitt
Being released on April 3rd and beautifully illustrated, two chefs now living in Paris share their recipes that grew out of the Paris pop-up picnics they were hosting nearly each Friday on the south hillsides of Paris. Sometimes sharing a meal with more than 80 people, the recipes shared at their many picnics (learn more about the two authors here) can now be found in their new book. Bon appétit!
I first learned of Rhodia notebooks and notepads from TSLL readers on Instagram. As a fan of Moleskine journals, I was hesitant to stray even to peek at these iconic French notepads which began being sold in 1934 but was glad I did. Available in a long list of different sizes, colors and layouts, these traditionally orange and black notepads are functional and dependable, and perhaps my new notepad or journal of choice.
The luxurious finds of Provence are being shared on an expat-from-San Francisco-who-now-resides-in-Provence’s online destination Luxe Provence. Full of beautiful linen clothing, jewelry, scarves and home finds, (here are two items that caught my eye: Saint-Rémy Linen Dress in White and Handcarved Olive Wood Board Set), she also offers a subscription box of regularly hand-selected, locally made Provençal goods.
For only one more day (today), if you have a full-priced item in your Net-a-Porter basket, use promo code SHOP10 to save 10% on nearly every full priced item. The Max Mara silk and linen-blend stripe sweater first caught my eye as I have been looking for linen separates for summer travels, and then I came across the items below as well. But whatever you are searching for, you may just be able to save some money.
Today’s This & That has evolved into a bit of an unofficial “French-themed” post, which only seems fitting as when spring arrives, I cannot help but think of Paris. I hope this last week of March has treated you well, and for those that are observing Passover beginning today and those celebrating Easter on Sunday, may the time to gather with family and friends be most memorable.
This week has been a treat as the sun has come out quite frequently, and having a chance to spend time in Portland, seeing the trees in their full blossomed state was truly most memorable. As we step into April, be sure to stop back by the blog on the 1st (this is not a joke) as TSLL’s Spring Shopping Guide will go live, and may the upcoming new month bring many moments of magic. Below are a few articles you may enjoy as well as a video where the French language is sprinkled about with the delightfully playful and talented actress Tracee Ellis Ross. Until Sunday, bonne journée!
~Check out Martha Stewart’s new walk-in closet
~Traveling abroad in the future? Check out the book recommendations of 22 Ambassadors from around the world as suggested to read before visiting their country
~Founders of the new fashion label La Ligne (if you love stripes, shop this site) share their secrets to looking effortless pulled together.
~If what to eat for a healthy lifestyle has your head spinning, read Grub Street’s article by Mark Bittman and doctor David Katz titled The Last conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right
~Expand your French vocabularyon the topics of travel and the French airports.
~Have a look at Tracee Ellis Ross’s 73 Questions video below. Needless to say, much of what she shares had me smiling. For example, she loves her Maldon salt (and her salts in general), she speaks a little French, her design aesthetic is clean, simple and inviting and well,and I could not agree more with her two book recommendations. But before I answer all of her questions for her, take a look.
~VIEW THIS & THAT posts from the recent past and long ago past below:
~1 Week Ago — March 23, 2018
~1 Month Ago — March 2, 2018
~1 Year Ago — March 31, 2017
~2 Years Ago — April 1, 2016